It can be hard to think about what's going to happen to your body after you die, But being an organ donor is a generous and worthwhile decision that can be a lifesaver.
We would like to add that when we leave the "nest" of our own body, we can leave someone else responsible for the important and divine act of authorizing the donation of our organs. After all, if we do not do this they will not serve any purpose and will only deteriorate. Therefore, if we prepare ourselves and our family in advance, we will bring light to another home, another family, and even at the moment of our passing, we will be able to help someone to walk his journey with less suffering. I believe that in these situations, the spirit that leaves takes a little bit more light to it's new journey. To the one who remains, we give one more chance to improve something in their path. They become two beings, holding hands without knowing each other but with their spirits intertwined by someone's decision to give life and love to someone else.
Once you have decided to become a donor, the most important step is telling your family. Most Americans support donation, but few have told family members their decision to donate.
A deceased-donor liver transplant occurs when someone is waiting on the transplant list. TheUnited Network for Organ Sharing is the national organization that manages the allocation and distribution of organs. Increasing wait times for a deceased donor may lead to frustration and a difficult period for family members and loved ones.
You can help by volunteering to become a living donor. It is essential that you discuss this complex decision with your family, the recipient and your doctors to learn as much as possible about the procedure.
Living liver donation
A living donor liver transplant allows a donor and recipient to share one liver through a specialized and complex surgical procedure that is possible because the liver is made up of segments. It is one of the body’s only organs that can regenerate to almost 100 percent of its original size and function.
Living donation is the transferring of an organ from a living person to someone in need of a transplant. It truly is a heroic act that gives the greatest gift possible — the gift of life.
The donor is usually a close family member such as a parent, child, brother or sister. It can also be a more distant family member, spouse, friend or a good Samaritan.
All medical expenses that are related to the evaluation of a potential donor, the
transplant operation and hospitalization, and the immediate follow-up care of the potential donor, are paid for completely by the potential recipient’s insurance coverage. As a potential donor, you
should not see any bills related to your medical evaluation, hospitalization, or post hospital care. Typically the donor will be responsible for lost wages due to time off of work, travel expenses to and from the transplant center and follow-up care, non-medical bills, etc . Some employers may allow this time to be taken as sick leave. You must have a caregiver identified in order to proceed with living donation. Some living donors prefer to remain anonymous; however, your significant other should be included on your decision to donate.
Organ donation is consistent with the beliefs of most major religions. This includes Roman Catholicism, Islam, most branches of Judaism and most Protestant faiths. If you're unsure of or uncomfortable with your faith's position on donation, ask a member of your clergy.
Donating a portion of your liver to a family member or loved one reduces the waiting time for the recipient and saves them from the stress of being on a waiting list. The recipient is often in the best health to undergo the transplant, which improves recovery time. Additionally, the organ from a living donor is often healthier than those donated after death.
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